The 2018 Bordeaux will be considered an exceptional vintage for years to come. Not just because the wines at the top were delicious. The quality of a vintage can also be measured by the performance of smaller wines from a more complex terroir. I tasted 800 2018 Bordeaux wines, covering all appellations and price ranges, and discovered some gems!
In 2018, there are many affordable, easy-drinking Bordeaux value wines from across the region. Many of them are ordinary Bordeaux AOCs. Some of these wines come from less important terroirs. Other Bordeaux AOC wines are produced by large wine domains. However, because it does not conform to their naming conventions, the wines are relegated to generic Bordeaux AOC.
There is a sea of AOC Bordeaux wines. And many, if not most, are not very interesting. But if you can separate the wheat from the chaff, which we have done for you, there are some AOC Bordeaux wines with a good value for money that are worth buying. Some are on the case! This is the advantage of the big vintages for the more complex terroirs.
As you can see from the tasting notes below, the 2018 Bordeaux AOC is a red and white Bordeaux wine. Some are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, while others have predominantly Merlot in their blends. So there’s plenty to choose from.
Of course, I want to try all the big names. Who isn’t? But perhaps the best part of tasting a vintage is discovering the small châteaux that produce delicious wines for everyday use, sold at a price everyone can afford. Truly, the best AOC Bordeaux wines of 2018 offer early drinking, charm, pleasure at a very friendly price.
All of the 2018 Bordeaux wines listed below are worth buying if they are available in your local stores. The following wines were tasted in my home office under optional conditions.
2018 – Bad Boy – Round, lush, fruity, juicy, sweet black cherry, floral and licorice on the nose, all charm up front, ready to drink on the palate and finish. You can enjoy this gem on your way out. 90 pt.
2018 – Belle-Vue (Haut-Médoc) Petit Verdot – Dark and rich in color, the wine is equally deep and full-bodied, with its savory, peppery core of black and blue fruit. Full and concentrated, peppery and delicate, it envelops your taste buds with black and blue pepper berries and a hint of espresso bitters. Some tasters will appreciate it more than others. This is a rarity in Bordeaux, as it is one of the few wines made from 100% Petit Verdot. 90 pt.
2018 – Bonnet Blanc – Creamy, juicy, sweet lemon cream and grapefruit wine with a honeysuckle finish. 87 pts.
2018 – Bonnet Merlot Cabernet – Leaves of grass and bright red fruit on the nose. Try it, light, bright, fresh, smooth and easy to drink for an uncomplicated sniff. Drink it for the next few years. 83 pt
2018 – Clos des Lunes Lune d’Argent – Rich, lush, creamy, juicy, fruity, and just drinking, this ready-made delight with Meyer lemon, pineapple, and fresh-squeezed pear is really fun. 91 pts.
2018 – Clos des Lunes Lune d’Or – This is a great example of a Dry Grasshopper. You’ll find plenty of white peach, pineapple, sweet lemon and Anjou pears. Creamy in texture, with just the right balance of sweet and fresh, it’s ready for prime time. 92 pt.
2018 – Cos d’Estournel Blanc – Freshly squeezed grapefruit, lemon peel, flowers, crushed and sprinkled vanilla smell nice. The wine is rich, creamy, fresh, juicy and crisp with the addition of sweet lemon, vanilla, lime and green apple that blend perfectly on the palate. 95 pt.
2018 – Les Pagodes de Cos Blanc – Forward, fresh, fruity with sweet yellow citrus, orange zest and the perfect touch of honey to soften the lush, juicy finish. This was done in its entirety. 91 pt.
2018 – Doisy-Daene Grand Vin Sec – Light honeyed citrus with green apple and mango in a round, forward, early drinking style. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Domaine de Cambes – Pepper, truffle, black pepper, mint and earthy red fruit are the core of this wine, medium-bodied with a spicy presence on the fruit, it can be enjoyed young. 90 pt.
2018 – Girolat – Deep in color, with a nose of chocolate covered cherries, espresso, licorice, thyme, cinnamon and smoke, the wine is rich, full, round and lush, 92 pt.
2018 – Girolate White – Creamy green apples with notes of lemon peel and grapefruit, finishing quickly. 88 pt.
2018 – Grand Village Blanc – Grape, lemon peel, guava, green apple and banana are scents that are fun to incorporate into a perfume. But it’s the fresh, lively palate, with its bite of yellow citrus accompanied by fresh, current accents, that really makes this wine work. The wine is made from 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon. 92 pt
2018 – Grand Village Les Libres – Pink grapefruit, guava, lemon curd, waxy lemon, flowers and lime in the nose will really wake you up. It has a fresh, vibrant, crisp lemon flavor, combined with green apples and a creamy texture that gives it a fresh feel. The wine is always made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. 93 pt.
2018 – Hubert de Boire Cabernet Sauvignon – Forward, round, juicy and fresh, with ripe cherries accented by notes of cedar and thyme on the nose and palate. The finish is a mixture of spices, olives and sweet red fruit. You’ll have a lot of fun early in life. 88 pt.
2018 – Hubert de Boüard Le Sauvignon Blanc – Waxy lemongrass, grapefruit, honeysuckle and lemon make this a delicious, juicy, crisp and refreshing white wine that goes perfectly with any seafood dish. 90 pt.
2018 – Hubert de Boire Merlot – An intriguing blend of citrus, plum, spice and licorice in this medium-bodied, forward, easy-drinking wine, perfect for short-term, uncomplicated drinking. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Jean Fau Saint-Radegonde – White peach, vanilla and tropical fruit show their lush, sweet and fruity character as soon as the wine enters the glass. This is the best way forward for the next few years. 88 pt.
2018 – La Grande Clotte Wit – Creamy, juicy, fresh, crisp, lemony, brimming with white peach and green apple, floral wine with mango and yellow citrus notes on the finish. 90 pt.
2018 – The White Tower Duo – Crisp waxy lemons, grapefruit, spring flowers and bright orange tropical fruit notes wrapped in a lush, creamy, fresh and fruity finish. 89 Coefficients
2018 – The Lamothe-Vincent Heritage is medium-bodied, fresh, sweet, earthy and fruity, with notes of spicy plum and fresh espresso. 87 pts.
2018 – Lauduc – Soft, round and fruity, this is a forward, early caster, full of plums, cherries, spice and licorice, well-priced and ready to go. 87 pts.
2018 – Lawrence Blanc – Honeysuckle and lemon peel molecule with a sweet, bright citrus garnish and a finish that packs a punch. 88 pt.
2018 – The Guardian White – Honeysuckle, lemon peel, vanilla and grapefruit shine beautifully in this rich, creamy, lush, slightly honeyed and citrus infused wine. The wines are a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Muscadelle and 10% Semillon. 92 pt.
2018 – Le Petit Cheval Bordeaux White – Bright, fresh, vibrant yellow, citrus, honeysuckle, green apple, lemon peel and vanilla notes on the nose and palate work here. The wine is lively, creamy, fresh and leaves a fresh, sweet and lemony finish. The wine is a blend of 74% Sauvignon Blanc and 26% Semillon. 95 pt.
2018 – Leroy-Bowal – A lovely dark hue, the wine offers notes of ripe black cherries and plums, as well as a wet earth character on the nose. Lush, round, silky and fruity, the wine finishes with dark ripe plums, licorice and cocoa. It’s already a lot of fun to try, and it will only get better over the next decade. 91 pts.
2018 – Loudenne White – Lemon, pear and green apple with sweetness and lift for early enjoyment. 87 pts.
2018 – Lussac Blanc – Honeysuckle, citrus peel and grapefruit, with creamy, juicy and sweet lemon essential oil on the palate 85 pts.
2018 – Madran – Smoky, flinty, red plum and strawberry notes are combined with a medium-warm, soft, polished and fruity mid-palate and finish. It’s perfect for a drink in the near future. 87 pts.
2018 – MagrezFombrauge White – The wine begins with notes of juicy lemon, white peach, vanilla and flowers. Luxurious, round and forward, the finish is its creamy lemon and green apple character. 92 pts.
2018 – Malleret White – Fresh, fruity, easy-drinking, citrusy wine to enjoy briefly. 86 pt.
2018 – Mongiron Prior Blanc – Creamy orange cress, grapefruit and white peach with a hint of lemon in a drinkable, creamy style. 88 pt.
2018 – Mon Perat – Licorice and cherry, with a soft, supple texture and an already accessible, sweet, cherry finish. This is one of the best wines for the money you can finance today. 88 pt.
2018 – Mont Pera Blanc – Green apple, white peach, vanilla, spice and grapefruit delight with their bright, crisp fruit. This is not a wine to age, but a wine to pour and enjoy, with all that sweet, creamy citrus. 90 pt.
2018 – Naujan – Medium-bodied, fresh, sweet and fruity with light black raspberry, coffee bean and plum notes on the finish. It will be easy to drink on the way out. 90 pt.
2018 – Pabus is medium-bodied, silky, smooth and fresh, with lots of delicious red fruit, lovely cocoa and freshness on the finish. You can enjoy it on the way out. 90 pt.
2018 – Paul de Luz White – Juicy, lush, bright wine with lemon and honeysuckle at the center, with freshness and a nice shake of yellow citrus with a hint of lime on the finish. It’s just going to be great at graduation. 90 pt.
2018 – Pavillon Blanc du Château Margaux – Fresh, crisp and juicy, lemon, grapefruit and green apple are enhanced by a deft touch of orange zest and honeysuckle. Creamy, juicy and crisp with a lemon infused finish, it’s ready now and can easily age for at least another 10-15 years. 95 pt.
2018 – Penin Blanc – Honeysuckle, citrus, grapefruit and green apple on the nose and palate for an early, unabashed summer lob. 85 pts.
2018 – Perriere White – A light, forward blend of honeysuckle, lemon peel and green apples with a slightly honeyed, yellow citrus finish for early enjoyment. 84 trades
2018 – Prieure Marquet – Light, bright, crisp red fruit on the nose and mouth to enjoy early. Drink it for the next few years. 82 pt
2018 – Puygueraud Blanc – Juicy, crisp lemons, tropical fruit, honeysuckle and white peach make for a powerful aroma. The wine is fresh, creamy and distinctive, leaving sensations of sweetness, cream, green apple, lemon and lime. Drink it for the next few years. You can’t find better value for money for a white wine from Bordeaux than here. 90 pt.
2018 – Rayne-Vigneau’s Dry – Tropical Fruit Waxed Lemon is crisp, fresh, creamy and soon to be ready to enjoy. 90 pt.
2018 – The Reignac Blanc is citrus and mango yellow with tropical notes and green apple in a lush, creamy style for short-term drinking pleasure. 88 pt.
2018 – Reynon Blanc – Yellow citrus, white peach and lemon zest in a forward, juicy and creamy style that is ready to drink in short order. 88 pt.
2018 – Ronan by Clinet – Sweet, juicy, lush black cherry and licorice in a forward, round, soft and juicy style, ready to drink on release. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Sigalas Rabaud La Sémillante de Sigalas – Honeysuckle, orange marmalade, lemon peel and waxy grapefruit zest permeate the palate with uplift and crisp freshness on the palate. You taste it at the exit because of its freshness and fruitiness. 88 pt.
2018 – Stella Solare Croix de Labrie – The nose is quite sweet with everything from honeysuckle, candied orange and white peach. Luxurious and creamy on the palate, with plenty of lemon and tropical fruit, and a touch of honey on the finish, you can enjoy it right away. The wines are a blend of 60% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sauvignon Gris. 92 pt.
2018 – Suduiraut S de Suduiraut – White peach, pear, pineapple and flowers hit the nose before the finish reveals a combination of bitter and sweet, yellow citrus, green apple and pineapple. Medium-bodied, drinkable early, with fruit and freshness, this wine is ready to be released. It is best consumed young. 89 Coefficients
2018 – Tronquoy-Lalande Wit – Sweet, fresh and crisp lemons, flowers and freshly cut grass aromas float in the glass. A bright, creamy yellow wine with a lemony finish, green apple notes and a touch of honey, fully ready to drink on release. 91 pts.
2018 – Valandro Blanc – Juicy, ripe, tart yellow citrus, tart green apples, pink grapefruit and vanilla come to life in this fruity, aromatic, creamy and rich Bordeaux Blanc. It is already excellent in the glass, and will only get better with a few years. 94 pts.
2018 – Virginie de Valandraud Blanc – Bright, fresh lemons, grapefruit and notes of yellow tropical fruit and honeysuckle combine to create a sweet, fresh and fruity citrus wine that is already delicious to drink. 91 pt
2018 – VirginieThunevin – Flowers and cherries fill the medium-bodied, forward, easy drinking and charming early, soft-textured, fresh and fruity charm. You can drink it on the way out. 87 pts.
2018 – Yquem Y – Waxy lemons, grapefruit, lemon curd, green apple and honeysuckle are all fresh, mineral, yellow citrus and tropical orange. 94 pts.
frequently asked questions
Is 2018 a good year for Bordeaux?
2018 was a great vintage for red Bordeaux, with powerful, full-bodied, rich wines in most appellations. 2018 was a good to very good year for dry whites, with some sweet and attractive whites from a long, dry vintage that did not succumb to noble rot.
Was 2018 a good year for French wine?
How many AOCs are there in Bordeaux?
Bordeaux has 57 appellation wines, making it the largest producer of appellation wines in France.
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